Red-breasted geese

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
The wetlands along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast are traditional hotspots for birding during this time of the year. Spectacular variety and numerous flocks of waterfowl could be seen in the larger lakes or in the shallow coastal lagoons by the sea coast. These easily accessible sites of international importance house approximately 70% of the world’s wintering Red-breasted Geese population. Globally threatened species like Pygmy Cormorants, Dalmatian Pelicans and White-headed Ducks occur also. A matter of luck is also the registration of Lesser White-fronted Geese – one of the most endangered species on the Earth. The rest of the list comprises many other water-connected birds (as grebes, herons, egrets, swans, dabbling and diving ducks, waders, gulls etc.), numbering several hundred thousands individuals as a total. A magnificent quantity of high quality – unforgettable view, recommended for each real birdwatcher!Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival at Sofia or Plovdiv airport. Transfer to the town of Balchik on the Northern Black Sea Coast for overnight.

Day 2. In the morning we will try to find for the first time Red-breasted Geese grazing in the coastal fields. The rest of the day we spend around the lakes by the town of Shabla, rich in waterfowl and especially famous for the wintering tens of thousands White-fronted and Red-breasted Geese (Great Egret, White- fronted and Red-breasted Geese, Rough-legged Buzzard, Black-necked Grebe, Yellow-legged and Pallas’s Gulls, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Red-breasted Merganser etc.). Overnight in Balchik.

Day 3. Early in the morning we will have the chance to enjoy the numerous goose flocks taking off from Dourankoulak lake – an amazing view, attracting birdwatchers form all over Europe. After that the wetlands by the town of Shabla will be visited again. The yesterday’s species list will be elongated many other interesting birds – waterfowl and waders primarily (like White-tailed Eagle, Pygmy Cormorants, Bewick’s Swans, Tufted Ducks, Smews, Goldeneyes, Bitterns, Sanderlings, Knots etc.).

Day 4. In the morning we will go to the Cape Kaliakra – a place, famous for its nesting steppe species of birds during summer. However the wintering inhabitants here are often quite interesting also (European Shag (Mediterranean race), Black-throated Diver, possibly Great and Little Bustards etc.). Around noon we head to our next major stop – the Southern Black Sea Coast and the town of Bourgas. Here we spend the next three nights. If time left a short stroll around the lakes nearby will be performed.

Day 5.
After breakfast we will have a trip around the hiperhaline shallow coastal lagoons Atanasovsko and Pomoriisko lakes. These are renowned as some of the best places for watching soaring migrants during passage, but now they provide safe place for feeding and resting to many other species of birds (Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Bitterns, Great Egrets, Black-necked Grebe, Whooper and Bewick’s Swans, White-headed Ducks, Shelducks, White-tailed Eagles, Pallas’s Gulls and plenty of waders and waterfowl).

Day 6. In the morning we will visit Poda Lagoon, Mandra and Bourgas lakes, which are just a few minutes drive from Bourgas (Pygmy Cormorants, Great Egrets, White-headed Ducks, White-tailed Eagles, Bewick’s Swans and a great variety of other waterfowl). These protected sites are a good example of fine tolerance between mankind and wildlife, since such avian richness live so close to one of the biggest Bulgarian seaside cities.

Day 7. Today we start the return journey. The town of Plovdiv is our next stop for overnight. The biggest night roost of Pygmy Cormorant in Bulgaria (numbering between 2000 and 4000 individuals) will be visited in the evening.

Day 8. Transfer to Sofia or Plovdiv Airport for departure is planned for the morning.

Extensions: Yes, ski holiday in a mountain ski resort!
This is a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay in Bulgaria for one week more! We can offer a great variety of means of accommodation – from home stays (no meals) to 2, 3 and 4-star hotels (BB or HB) in Rodopi, Rila and Pirin mountains.
– Bansko – Bansko is no ordinary resort but a beautiful unspoilt, traditional Bulgarian town situated in the south- west corner of Bulgaria. Bansko is a real discovery for skiers, its enviable snow record, great skiing and great value for money and apr?s-ski make it a perfect setting for skiing holiday without the hustle and bustle of some other resorts (highest ski point: 2560 m).
– Pamporovo – Nestling in the pne forests of the Rhodope Mountains, Pamporovo enjoys the reputation of being Europe’s sunniest ski resort (with about 120 sunny days during the skiing period). The highest ski point here is 1928 m.
– Borovets – Borovets is a long established ski resort situated in the pine forests of the Rila Mountains. The resort has become very popular with skiers, who appreciate the good value, the lively entertainment and of course the good skiing (highest ski point: 2 560m).

Accommodation: We stay overnight in small hotels on HB (breakfast and dinner included). All rooms are equipped with private facilities. Ordering lunchpacks is also possible.

Group size: Min. 2 / Max. 12

Guide: Yes, English-speaking.

Price: € 930 per person for 2-3 persons
Price: € 840 per person for 4 or more

Single room supplement: € 100
(Ask for quotation about individuals)

The price includes: transfer from/to the airport and throughout the whole journey, guiding according program, accommodation and boarding mentioned (excluding alcohol drinks, cigarettes and other personal expenses), VAT and all local taxes.